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geminiwench in photo_scavenger

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Arthur Ganson's sculpture, "Thinking Chair" the MIT Museum in Cambridge, Mass taken 2016.


Watch it in action, here.

After years (decades?) of walking around that stone, the chair (which is about an inch tall) has walked itself into a literal rut.
I absolutely love his work, but it's hard to capture in a photograph because his gestural sculptures each perform very small, slow, natural, subtle movements
... and it's the movement itself that is the biggest feature (and beauty) of his art.
However, this worn stage for this bright yellow chair encapsulates years of movement in a single moment.

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I had been familiar with Ganson's work, and never considered where it was housed... and so when I went to the MIT museum and they had probably 20 of his machines I was in heaven! I love everything he's made.

Stare at this machine: Brownian Rice
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x0CqvWVey3M

or 27 Scraps of Paper
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knGELzxloqY

or My Little Violin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NXZN7JWCMag

His work is fascinating to watch. He calls his medium "Gestural sculpture".

I'd never heard of the artist but as soon as I watched the link I just kept watching. I love well done kinetic sculpture.

Edited at 2017-11-18 03:06 am (UTC)
I have *loved* everything I have seen of his. A lot of my pictures come from museums. I knew I was a history nut, but I didn't know I was an art-nut until I started visiting really great art museums!

I originally found Ganson's stuff after clicking around curiously after someone linked me to videos of the StrandBeests.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kWwXrSyuGIA

Glad you liked the picture and started watching vids! If you go to Boston, it is TOTALLY worth going to see them! They are loads of fun and many of them you can hand-crank and work yourself.